Can my lawyer settle without my permission

Asked 11 months ago - La Verne, CA

I am suing my insurance under my underinsured motorist and my lawyer accepted an offer without my permission

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  1. Richard Marc Katz

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    Answered . An offer accepted without a client's permission is not binding. You need to contact your attorney and set up a meeting. There may be some good reasons he accepted an offer, perhaps the insurance company offered your policy limits.

    If you do not get a satisfactory answer from your lawyer, you may wish to switch attorneys. But I would encourage you first to talk to your attorney and see if you can resolve the issue.

    Good luck

    The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. I am... more
  2. Alan Ray Barnes

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    Answered . A lawyer cannot accept an offer; s/he can only convey the client's acceptance. If you did not accept the offer, it has not been accepted.

  3. Mariam Mary Margaryan

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    Answered . As Mr. Katz said, talk to your lawyer to resolve this. Do not cash the settlement check.

    This information is not intended as legal advice or to create an attorney-client relationship between you and any... more
  4. Francis M Smith

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    Answered . no. Call your lawyer and demand an explanation of what is going on. If he/she accepted the policy limit because that's all you can get, he/she should have explained that. Good luck.

    Every situation is different, and good legal advice cannot be given based on a short question without an... more
  5. Ajay Mohan Kwatra

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    Answered . No.

  6. Christopher John Gansen

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    Answered . Not usually, although my retainers state that if I cannot reach you and a good offer is expiring, I will do what I think is in your best interest. Call your lawyer and find out what's up.

  7. Jeffrey Mark Adams

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    Answered . No

    Personal injury cases only; I'm good at it; you be the Judge! All information provided is for informational and... more
  8. Philip Anthony Fabiano

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    Answered . No

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  9. Allister Rex Liao

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    Answered . If you didn't authorize acceptance of an offer of settlement, then your lawyer cannot accept on your behalf.

    This information is not legal advice, does not create an attorney-client relationship, and is intended for general... more
  10. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . That is not permissible. Call the disciplinary board today.

  11. Lee Alan Thompson

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    Answered . Absolutely not!

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